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BUFFET R13 Bb CLARINET, £1245
An excellent condition Buffet R13 Bb clarinet.
This instrument is an enhanced Boehm model with 7 rings, which usefully allows for a forked
Eb/Bb in the Left Hand.
The matching serial numbers are F103390 which date to 1968,
this period is commonly referred to as the "Golden Era" of R13 manufacture.
Total manufacture of all professional models averaged 2000-3000 per year, which
contasts sharply with the current 80,000 a year.
Back then this was the finest professional instrument Buffet made, with unstained, matched wood.
This was before the introduction of the ""Prestige" range, which effectively downgraded the standard R13 considerably.
These days R13's are made from inferior quality wood, which is stained to hide imperfections.
Buffet are currently attempting to recreate this Gold standard of manufacture in their current "Vintage R13" range,
please go to www.buffetcrampon.com for more details.
Certainly this instrument will not disappoint; the quality of scale and intonation
are everything one has come to expect from this period of careful hand manufacture.